This year I committed myself to long distance running. Yes, running. I have never been a runner, but it has always been a goal of mine. Not only is it such a great workout, it reaps great rewards on your long term health. I started training in January and each and everytime I get on a treadmill or a track- it is a mental battle! And if I let myself, I will use every excuse to keep me from reaching my athletic goal. But one thing that I have learned in running is that you have to keep focused on your goal, and you have to get rid of anything that will keep you from that goal such as excess body weight, poor eating and improper running attire.
Last night I was reading in Galations 5...
"7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty... 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free."
It is so easy to lose sight and focus on the prize of Christ. Paul uses the illustration that we're all running in this lifelong race. Sometimes along the way we allow people and situations to cut in front of us and keep us from winning. And it doesn't take much to get us off track. It doesn't have to be anything "major" to make an impact. Whether it be my own attitude, the opinions of other people or a dissappointing situation- I never want to stop winning in this race of life. I want to always be in a position where letting go of those hinderances isn't a problem. I want to grasp onto my prize like the race has already been won and I'm holding the trophy in hand!With Jesus having gone before us, He made it known that we all can make it!
Let us all run without allowing the hinderances of life to hold us back. They'll always be there, but it's up to us to keep our focus on God.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."